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Case Study: $ 19,2m saved on Java Licensing for a US Pharmaceutical Company


A US pharmaceutical company with Java deployed on virtual environments faced a significant cost impact due to the new Java licensing metric. Their Java usage was very limited, and they enlisted Redress Compliance’s expertise.


The company was facing a potential Java licensing compliance risk of $7 million annually with the new license metric. They needed a comprehensive strategy to mitigate this risk and optimize their Java licensing.


Redress Compliance was enlisted to provide a strategic solution:

  1. Java Licensing Assessment: Redress conducted a complete Java licensing assessment to understand the Java deployments on servers and end-user devices.
  2. Java Licensing Training: Redress delivered Java licensing training to educate the client’s IT staff in Java licensing to help them avoid Java licensing compliance issues in the future.
  3. Licensing Optimization Strategy: Redress created a licensing optimization strategy based on the legacy license metric.
  4. Optimization Implementation: The optimization strategy involved upgrading to free versions of Java, consolidating virtual deployments, and negotiating a network and storage isolation for Java.
  5. Negotiation with Oracle: After a network and storage isolation agreement was signed, the client and Redress approached Oracle to negotiate on legacy metrics, costing the organization $600k annually.
  6. Final Decision: After negotiation, Oracle granted the organization the option to purchase legacy metrics or the employee metric with an 84% discount. The organization decided to buy on legacy metrics as they wanted the option to reduce their Java licenses in the future.


The company avoided a potential $7 million annual Java licensing compliance risk and reduced it to $1.8 million over three years, saving $19.2 million by working with Redress Compliance.

Quote from the Head of Enterprise Architecture

“The strategic insights and deep expertise of Redress Compliance have been instrumental in our Java licensing optimization process. Their comprehensive approach, effective training, and unwavering support were key in navigating the complexities of the new Java licensing metric. They identified and helped us mitigate substantial compliance risk and guided us in making an informed decision that resulted in significant cost savings. Their contribution has been pivotal in our enterprise architecture strategy.”


This case study illustrates Redress Compliance’s ability to provide comprehensive Java licensing solutions. By understanding each client’s unique needs and challenges, Redress Compliance can deliver strategies that ensure compliance and result in significant cost savings.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson brings two decades of Oracle license management experience, including a nine-year tenure at Oracle and 11 years in Oracle license consulting. His expertise extends across leading IT corporations like IBM, enriching his profile with a broad spectrum of software and cloud projects. Filipsson's proficiency encompasses IBM, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce platforms, alongside significant involvement in Microsoft Copilot and AI initiatives, enhancing organizational efficiency.